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SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

To hear Hans Henkes talk, the newest collaboration between SieMatic and PIRCH in SoHo is a match made in heaven. “We saw a brand alliance with them – they’re moving fast with great ideas and they’re trying to create the Apple store of appliances and fixtures,” the president and CEO of SieMatic Möbelwerke USA says. [...]

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Mingling Art, Artisanship and the Law

Mingling Art, Artisanship and the Law

Sarah Schwartz and Ruby Geisler may come from polar opposite backgrounds, but piffle – it makes no difference. They met in 2008 in a California textile design school – Schwartz had studied law and engineering, while Geisler was an artist. Today, as Sarah and Ruby Design Studio, they’re melding their sense of style – in [...]

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Three Days to Explore Fallingwater

Three Days to Explore Fallingwater

One of the greatest programs sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, we wrote back in 2014, is the Insight/Onsite tour of Fallingwater. It’s still going strong today, and so we’re re-posting it now: For the Frank Lloyd Wright aficionado, it seems almost too good to be true: Three days of peace and quiet, with freedom to [...]

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Ike Isenhour Has a Reductionist’s Eye

Ike Isenhour Has a Reductionist’s Eye

Here we have a post from July 2014 about an interior designer who works in Texas, in Florence and in Venice, with serious attention to detail: Ike Isenhour calls himself a reductionist. His brand of interior architecture embraces the art of the essential. It’s not minimalism, but it is about how to take away a lot [...]

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An Updated Dogtrot by Hays + Ewing

An Updated Dogtrot by Hays + Ewing

The dogtrot house, long a staple of Appalachian architecture, has been reborn just north of Charlottesville, Va. Hays + Ewing Design Studio revisited the form for their clients, placing kitchen and living area at one end of the house and sleeping space and studio at the other. At the center is open space for outdoor [...]

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12 Dali Sculptures at Two Rodeo Drive

12 Dali Sculptures at Two Rodeo Drive

A gallery owner and a shopping center director in Beverly Hills have collaborated to bring 12 oversized Salvadore Dali sculptures to Rodeo Drive. Michael Schwartz, owner of Galerie Michael and Bill Wiley, director of Two Rodeo Drive pulled the indoor/outdoor exhibition together in 90 days. “I said: ‘You’ve done the impossible before and I’ve done [...]

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Deborah Berke’s Rules of the House

Deborah Berke’s Rules of the House

July is proving to be quite the month for architect Deborah Berke. On July 1, she assumed the leadership role as dean at Yale University’s School of Architecture, succeeding Robert A. M. Stern, who’d served in that capacity since 1998. On July 12, Rizzoli will release her new book on residential architecture, called House Rules: [...]

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Painting Venezia from St. Mark’s Bay

Here we have a post from early 2012, about an artist who’s privileged to paint from the water in Venice: In art school, Alexander Creswell says, he was taught that watercolor was an apologetic medium used by little old ladies. He set out to prove that maxim wrong. “It was like a red rag to a bull,” [...]

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Matteo Ugolini’s Whimsical Lighting

Matteo Ugolini’s Whimsical Lighting

By Saxon Henry Everyone who sees Matteo Ugolini’s creations understands there is a special brilliance behind the designs he conceives and executes. What has always struck me as I look over his oeuvre for the Italian brand Karman is the whimsy that infuses his work, which is evident in his use of animals in his [...]

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A Film on Thomas Sayre, Earthcaster

Earthcasting, he calls it. Raleigh, N.C.-based sculptor Thomas Sayre creates large-scale works of art by digging into the earth and pouring in concrete, then extracting a resonant form for display in rural or urban settings. “It’s an interaction between humans and machines and engineering and willpower and what lives in the earth itself,” he says. [...]

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